British Army to field a team in the London GAA championship in 2016
Published 15/09/2015 | 11:52
The British Army's Irish Guard will compete in the London championship next year following a landmark decision by the county board in Ruislip last night.
Major Fox of the Irish Guards, an Irish regiment within the British Army, made the request to the county board and it was put to a vote of the county board and club delegates.
After a dead-locked 15-15 vote, chairman Noel O'Sullivan cast the deciding vote in favour of the proposal.
According to the Irish Post, he Irish Guards moved from their station in Aldershot, Hampshire, to Hounslow Cavalry Barracks, west London, in June of this year and will be stationed there for the next three years.
The Irish Guards are now free to enter the London championship at junior level in 2016.
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